Utah Legislature Tables 2009 IECC Residential Update Bill
On January 12, legislation (HB 262) was introduced in the Utah State Legislature that would adopt the residential portions of the 2009 IECC (the Utah Uniform Building Code currently references the 2006 IECC for residential building and the 2009 IECC for non-residential buildings). Though the bill was approved by the House Rules Committee in February, it was tabled by the House Political Subdivisions Committee on February 29, indefinitely postponing action during this general session.
Previously, the legislature passed the State Construction Code Adoption Act adopting the commercial provisions of the 2009 IECC in July 2010. The Utah Uniform Building Code Commission recommended the residential portions of the 2009 IECC for adoption in September 2010, but a legislative review committee declined to act on the recommendation in October 2010. Similar committees declined to take up similar update legislation in the February 2011 general session or the October 2011 interim session. Several local media outlets have highlighted the significant benefits of updating the energy code for Utah’s citizens.